AHA Student Receives National Merit Scholarship

May 2014

Academy of the Holy Angels is thrilled to announce that Senior Lydon Kersting, who is from Park Ridge, was awarded a 2014 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. According to NMSC, “These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.” Consideration for this award starts when a student sits for the PSAT, typically in the fall of their junior year of high school. In October of 2012, 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT and last fall the highest scoring participants from each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors were named Semi-Finalists. Only these students were eligible to continue in the competition. Lydon plans to attend Princeton University in the fall.

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